After the draft, there is a rite of passage where a group of NFL veterans realize that their jobs are now in jeopardy based on their teams investing in draft picks at their positions. The youngsters will no doubt be expected to challenge for starting jobs, so the veterans know that from day one of training camp their work is cut out for them if they want to extend their careers in the NFL.
For some veterans like Drayton Florence (pictured), they won't even be allowed the chance to prove they can win the job in training camp, as players are already receiving pink slips around the league this week. Some of them will resurface with other teams, while others will be coming to the realization that it is time to begin their next career transition.
In this presentation, we will address the top 30 veterans whose starting jobs are now in jeopardy due to a 2012 NFL draft pick. It is possible that the rookie will be guaranteed a job, leaving two other veterans to duke it out for the backup spot.
Some of these 30 veterans have already received their bad news. For others, the end result won't be known until training camp. Either way, they are situations worth keeping an eye on as we inch our way towards the start of the regular season.